Yeah, I only really do these on slow nights when everything else is pretty much done. Luckily, I only need white and black icing to make it and just airbrush it..rather than have a billion bags and icing tips out at once and having to...*shudder*..mix colors...
Usually makes things faster ^^ the only thing that takes a couple minutes are the scales, really.
Nah..I live on the east coast. Making him is pretty easy though, just a bit tedious. I used a leaf tip for his scales and layered them from back to front so they would lay right. I did everything in white buttercream first, then airbrushed him teal then went over again with the airbrush in purple and a touch of blue.
I only used three tips: leaf tip, very large round, and a medium writer, plus an open coupler for the structure of the neck, tail, arms, and legs. :3